This past Wednesday night we continued the series on moving FORWARD. We considered the letter "W" which stands for worship. One of the simplest yet profound definitions of what worship is was penned by Judson Cornwall, he said, "worship is extravagant love and extreme obedience." I believe that worship is... Treasuring God, to value Him, His words, His deeds, His thoughts above our own and those of others - It is gazing at His beauty and responding with esteem - It is the language of intimacy - The characteristic of passionate love, - The gateway to the Holy of Holies - The fragrance that fills the Throne room of Heaven - The occupation of the angelic host nearest to God - The substance that captures His heart.
We looked at the two ways that person can be changed; 1) through worship and 2) through the Word. In Isaiah 6 we looked at the Prophet's experience, the vision in vs. 1-7 and pointed out that it was while in a "worship service that Isaiah was changed. Then we read James 1: 22-25 AB, "But be doers of the Word [ obey the message ], and not merely listeners to it, betraying yourselves [ into deception by reasoning contrary to the Truth ]. For if anyone only listens to the Word without obeying it and being a doer of it, he is like a man who looks carefully at his [ own ] natural face in a mirror; For he thoughtfully observes himself, and then goes off and promptly forgets what he was like. But he who looks carefully into the faultless law, the [law] of liberty, and is faithful to it and perseveres in looking into it, being not a heedless listener who forgets nut an active doer [ who obeys ], he shall be blessed in his doing (his life of obedience)." And then there is Roman 12;2 "And do no not be conformed o this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good an acceptable and perfect will of God."
Then we considered the fact that "we become like what we worship," Psalm 115:2-8 talks about the idols of the Gentiles and how they are the work of men's hands. Though they mouths they don't speak; eyes but they don't see; ears but they don't hear etc. And in vs. 8 the Psalmist sad, "though who make them are like them; so is everyone who trusts in them," This is the negative effect of worshipping a false god, so couldn't we conclude that if we worship the only true God that we will be changed to become more like Him? So let it be God!
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